7 Ways to Crush Your Healthy Eating Goals in 2020

It’s that time of year when slates are clean, gyms are packed and diet motivation is high. Forget the person who was downing eggnog and eating holiday cookies like potato chips. Everyone is ready to rise above the overindulgence of last year, wide-eyed with a fresh sense of possibility and determination to make this year the best yet. 

And while yes, many resolutions are abandoned by mid-January—your goals don’t have to become another failed resolution statistic. The new year really is a great time to reset. And in this day and age, there are plenty of tools and resources to make goal crushing even easier. Healthy eating, weight loss and exercise are doable with some determination and a few smart hacks.

At Prept, we’ve got a recipe for motivation to get you on track and seeing the results you want faster. Here’s a little pep talk with 7 ways to keep that new-year momentum going. Whether you’re trying paleo, eating plant-based or focused on counting macros, you can apply these ideas to any food lifestyle.

Meal prep and plan ahead.

You’ve heard it before. Failing to plan is planning to fail. And when it comes to diets, meal prepping really is the key to success. But it can be overwhelming and sometimes impossible to dedicate an entire day to cooking all your meals for the week or month. What if you don’t like cooking? What if you don’t have time? Or what if you have no idea what in the actual heck you are doing? That’s why sometimes the best meal prepping strategy is to let someone else do the work. 

With Prept Meals you set the parameters, choose your diet restrictions and leave the rest to the experts. No giant grocery lists, kitchen disasters or extra time spent counting macros. Let us do the calculating, prep the food and drop it off on your door. You can be busy doing other productive things—like, you know, watching food documentaries, Marie Kondo-ing your home or repainting the bathroom. 

Automate your meals.

What can make meal prepping and planning EVEN easier? Automating! Sign up for a meal subscription so you really can set it and forget it. Prept Meals has transitioned to a subscription model so you can plan and order your meals weeks and months ahead! Imagine being able to completely automate your healthy eating process, so that counting macros and staying within your dietary guidelines is as easy as a one-time online setup. At Prept, we believe everyone should have good food made with fresh ingredients—delivered straight to their door. If you live in Chicagoland—we are here to make your life easier and healthier.

Be specific & realistic.

When it comes to changing your eating habits, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Set your big overall goal—whether you want to have more energy, heal your body, lose weight or have glowing, healthy skin. Whatever you want to achieve, state it clearly, then break it down into smaller, specific steps to help you get there. 

Goals are only achieved by defined actions. Reward yourself as you cross your action steps off the list. And check in monthly to analyze the progress you’ve made. Decide what’s working and what isn’t, make adjustments as needed, then keep moving forward. It’s all about the manageable baby steps. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing the results you want.

If you fail, don’t quit.

You have permission to fail. There. We said it. Success, especially when it comes to making a lifestyle change, isn’t a straight, upward shot. So, if you go a little overboard at your cousin’s wedding, or your cheat meal turns into a cheat weekend, don’t throw in the towel. You can expect to get slightly off course every now and then. Remember that ups and downs are part of the process. You will have successes and failures along the way—and that’s okay! Keep going and reset as often as you need to. This is not an all-or-nothing journey. 

Track it with an app.

Accountability and tracking tools can make a world of difference when you start a new diet. And there are plenty of apps to choose from. WW provides easy tracking and motivational tips along with an online community to cheer you on. Noom focuses on behaviors and helps to change mindsets around food. Other options like MyFitnessPal, Lose It! can provide that extra sense of organization and support you need to stick with it. Explore and find the right app for you.

Share your journey and inspire others.

While this one may not be for everyone, it can be a good idea to go public with your big diet changes. Create a Facebook group and invite a few close friends to follow along as you go after your goals. You can share meals, tips, successes and anything you’ve learned along the way that might be encouraging to those around you. Whether you’re vlogging or writing about your experience, this will give you that space for accountability, while also inspiring and motivating others. How great is that?!

Know that what’s right for someone else, may not be right for you.

Have a friend who swears by the keto diet, but it doesn’t seem to be your thing? That’s okay. There’s no one-size-fits-all nutrition plan. You may need to try out different diets or lifestyles before you find what works best for you. But make sure to avoid the pitfalls of yo-yo dieting. This can be another stumbling block that causes people to give up. 

Your goal may simply be to eat more fruits and vegetables, and that’s great. Go with what you know works best for you, and don’t feel the need to follow every trend and fad just because people are raving about it. Next year, they’ll be on to the next thing. You want to maintain a steady, balanced approach that becomes a lifestyle, not a flash burn.

Get Prept for an awesome year ahead.

Ready to crush those 2020 eating goals? We encourage you to take all or some of these tips and go for it. Success is all about preparation—and in this case, it’s knocking on your door in the form of a meal delivery service! 

If you live in Chicagoland, Prept can help you save time, hassle and stress—so you can be the very best version of you. You got this. And we got you. Let’s do it together. Start your journey toward healthy eating and easy living by signing up for a meal subscription today. It’s the simplest way to get fresh, ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. You can make changes or cancel any time, so go ahead and give us a try.